Baru Island is a privileged place of nature not only for its whimsical formation of corals, but also for the variety of associated ecosystems, such as seagrass and mangroves, numerous species of algae and fish diversity, besides being bathed by the warm and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea that reflect shades ranging from mesmerizing deep blue to green fertility caused by algae; colors that contrast the landscape comforting the eye and the spirit.
The transparency of its waters and the placidity of the place invite you to swim, dive and take contemplative tours in rowing canoes, sailing boats or motorboats, because the exuberant beauty of the island offers corners worthy of admiration
Points of Interest
- Ecosystems: Wetlands, mangroves, sedimentary bottoms, rocky coasts, sandy beaches, seagrass meadows, coral reefs, xerophytic and subxerophytic formations.
- Fauna: Within its area a great variety of species have been identified, at least 52 species of corals, 125 species of protozoans and foraminifera and 45 species of sponge, 197 species of mollusks; crabs, clams, oysters and octopuses; 170 crustaceans, such as reef shrimp, lobsters and hermit crabs; 132 species of coelenterates, including jellyfish and false corals; 35 species of echinoderms such as starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers, and 215 species of fish. In seabirds, 31 species have been detected, with the scissorbill, pelican or gannet and the booby bird standing out.
- Vegetation: In its flora, 113 species of planktonic algae and red mangrove stand out. Its mangroves, coral reefs and prairies of both marine points and algae, make up one of the most diverse and productive floral and faunal assemblages on the planet. They are a favorable environment for the growth of algae, bird nesting and breeding of many marine species.
- Climate: Warm, the water temperature ranges from 26° C to 30° C on average.
The Salmedina Banks and Burbujas Bass are a marine reef located on the west coast of the bay of Cartagena de Indias (Colombia). It is a shallow that has depths from 10 feet to 190 feet. It is a reef formation with a variety of marine life. It is frequently visited as a diving site since it is located 5 nautical miles from the city of Cartagena. Additionally, in its shallow waters are two sunken ships that served as a base for a lighthouse that indicated the presence of this. Today, the shallows are marked by another lighthouse that actually marks the lowest part of the entire reef. This shoal was the cause of the sinking of some galleon ships, and you can still see in its surroundings some of their remains such as cannons etc. This is one of the main coastal features
- Submerged structures: in the area of Baru and Salmedina we have 4 sunken ships specially prepared for diving: the ARC Tolu, the ARC Pedro de Heredia, the ARC Quindio and the tug Atlas, there is also a car, a bongo or planchon, a ferrocement ship that served as a lighthouse and another smaller ship that was also a lighthouse and is already at a depth of 80 feet..
We have the first submerged museum in the country, jellyfish garden, a project of the foundation the color blue in which divers of baru was an important part in the planning stage and sinking of the sculptures.
In addition, the scenario of sculptures of the NATIONAL ARMADA Scuble of Diving and Rescue, whenever a group of military personnel finishes the tactical diving course, as a degree work, they immerse a new sculpture.